Love Story

Event Coordination and Design by Bella and Co. • Greg Finck Day I Photography • LeNovel Day II Photography • LeNovel Videography • Sassafras Flowers • Hobbit Hollow Ceremony • Anyelas Vineyard Day I Reception • Skaneateles Country Club Day II Reception •  McCarthy Tents and Events Rentals • Silver Arrow Band • Lauren and Vanessa Hair and Makeup (bride and bridesmaids)

Video by LeNovel


Farmer’s Market Wedding

Event Coordination and Design by Bella and Co. •  Photography by Calypso Rae Photography •  Flowers by Plenty of Posies • Custom Cake Topper by Wooly Llama • Stationery by Maureen Higgins  •  Sage Chapel Ceremony •  Ithaca Farmer’s Market Reception •  Catering by H&J   •  Encore Events DJ

Rain or Shine

Webster Park  • Event Coordination by Bella and Co.  •  Lord Ashbury Photography •  Flowers by Bella and Co. and Bride’s Mother and Grandmother •  Joe Bean Coffee  •  Good Smoke Barbeque

There are endless details to consider when planning a wedding: what type of flowers will decorate the tables? What colors will the girls wear? Tuxedo or suit? Dj or Band? Updo or low pony?

After announcing your engagement, people will ask you, where will the wedding be? What’s the theme? Is the ceremony outdoors? These are all good questions, but one that has become more important to couples getting married is, What’s for dinner?

Your guests are bound to appreciate all of the beautiful fashion, decor and music choices you make and they’ll treasure the pictures from the special day. And they’re guaranteed to remember the food.

The dinner table brings families and friends together to celebrate. It is a place to gather, to connect and to share. At your wedding, the table is the place where old friends will reconnect and new family ties will tighten. Choosing special dishes for guests to enjoy is a gift that they will savor even after the meal is over.

Caterers are realizing that couples are excited to share interesting appetizers, entrées and desserts at their weddings so the market for new choices is expanding. Shopping for the menu can be a fun part of wedding planning since tastings are absolutely necessary to make the right selections!


Angela and Paul entertained their guests at Ember Woodfire Grill where Paul is chef and co-owner. The local and organic selections were a main attraction at their celebration. Photo: Matt Wittmeyer

Last season, food was a main focus for many of our couples. Angela and Paul celebrated their marriage at Ember Woodfire Grill where Paul is chef and co-owner. The menu was packed with carefully prepared local vegetables and organic meats. Wine directors Jessica and Thomas married at Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca Lake where guests- including many sommeliers and restauranteurs- enjoyed a whole suckling pig and an abundant selection of fine wines.

This wedding season, too, is sure to have a focus on food with another wedding at Dano’s (we can’t wait for dinner!) and one at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market. We’re looking forward to helping the plans for all of this year’s weddings come to life and to taste the dinner selections our couples have chosen!

St. Patrick’s day and the promise of springtime has us thinking fresh green thoughts. Wedding season is just around the corner so our brides are collecting their something old,  something new, something borrowed and something blue. We love traditions and we also love trying something new so we’ve put together a few green favorites for brides or wedding guests to try out including some from a few of our favorite local shopping spots.

something green

1. Religue Andromeda Bra: Devil May Care 2. Green Organic Earrings: Stacy K 3. Parted Emerald Dress: Anthropologie 4. Seychelles Curiosity Heel in Emerald: Modcloth 5. Spring Love Necklace: Peppermint



Thanks to Afloral, we’ve had the opportunity to play with some beautiful silk flowers and wedding decor and to partner with two great local wedding photographers to shoot some gorgeous products.

Styled by Bella and Co. · Photo by Tammy Swales · Products from


As wedding planners, we spend a lot of time dreaming about fresh flowers so we didn’t know what to expect when we took on a project featuring silk and preserved flowers. We were definitely impressed. The flowers were beautiful and it felt like Christmas to open up boxes of vases, mason jars, bird cages, votives and other pretty decor. We styled and shot the first three scenes in two days at High Falls with Hannah Betts behind the camera. See the Shabby Chic, Vintage Glam and Parisian Garden collections in our gallery and as you search through products on

The latest shoot was all about glamour. And gold! It was easy to get in the mood to style gold mercury glass as the holidays approach. The first scene was an elegant table for two. We created an extravagant white floral centerpiece with afloral’s lifelike orchids. They really fool you- even up close. And we still get to admire it every day!



For the second tablescape we created a floral runner which was so easy with faux flowers. We added some lovely china place settings, gold mercury glass vases filled with candles and experimented with some adorable bottle brush trees at each place.

A Floral Feast

For the final shots, we put together a couple of arrangements to show off some of  Afloral’s bright gold containers and votives.


Tammy Swales did a beautiful job capturing these glamourous scenes. Follow us and Afloral @afloral on instagram to see photos from the shoot and check out the galleries on our website.


Table for Two

Product Styling Shoot for •  Photography by Tammy Swales  •  Design by Jenna Knauf and Maureen Higgins of Bella and Co.

Tammy Swales

A Floral Feast

Product Styling Shoot for •  Photography by Tammy Swales  •  Design by Jenna Knauf and Maureen Higgins of Bella and Co.

Tammy Swales

Video: Laura & Sean

Video by Fruit Tree Studios • Event Coordination and Design by Andrew Sloane of Bella and Co.  •  Chelse Thompson of EIEIO Photography •  Flowers by Wegmans  •  Genesee Valley Club  •  Hank Parker Rentals

Laura & Sean’s Highlight from Fruit Tree Studios on Vimeo.

Pretty & Sweet

Event Coordination by Bella and Co. •  Event Design by bride, Casey Lane, with assistance by Bella and Co. •   Photography by Katie Finnerty  •  Floral Arrangements by Bride and Bridal Party  • Bouquets and boutonnieres by Wegmans  •   Webster Arboretum •  Catering by Madeline’s  •  McCarthy Rentals  •  Desserts by Dolce Cupcakery


Fatima and David

 Video by Palette Films • Event Coordination and Design by Bella and Co.  •  Tomas Flint Photography  •  Bridal Bouquets by The Topiary  •  Floral Centerpieces by Bella and Co.  • Cake and Cookies by Savoia Pastry Shoppe  • Catering by La Luna  •  High Falls


Bright and Sweet: Victoria & Giancarlo’s Bella Wedding

It was a gorgeous day in August for Victoria to meet her groom in Highland Park’s sunken gardens. The setting was the perfect backdrop for this beautiful couple to see each other in their finery for the first time that day. The sunlit green grass and gray stone walls offset the bright crimson bridesmaid’s dresses perfectly and made for a dreamy meeting of the bridal party.

Victoria & Giancarlo

Victoria & Giancarlo

Stacy K wowed with creative bouquets featuring deep red, pink and orange roses, red berries, dusty green eucalyptus and succulents.

Victoria & Giancarlo



Victoria donned a hand-embellished veil for the ceremony and for portraits at the reception venue. The Memorial Art Gallery is a fantastic location for a party. Guests gathered in the sky-lit atrium for cocktails then dined and danced in the elegant ballroom.

Victoria & Giancarlo

Victoria chose lovely details like the Anthropologie terrariums which she put together with orchids, moss and little creature figurines. She stunned in her BHLDN gown with the gorgeous lace back and then thrilled again when she entered the reception in a gorgeous red embroidered Chinese gown.

Victoria & Giancarlo

Working at Victoria and Giancarlo’s wedding felt more like being a comfortable, welcome guest.  Giancarlo made sure we were enjoying our dinner (yes! Max Rochester always makes an excellent meal) and the lovely Alixann Loosle who came all the way from Utah to take these gorgeous photographs was delightful company throughout the evening.

We wish this kind and joyful couple a lifetime of happiness.

Late Summer Love

Event Coordination and Design by Bella and Co. •  Photography by Alixann Loosle  •  BHLDN gown  •  Stacy K Floral  • Memorial Art Gallery •  Catering by Max Rochester   •  Music by Nik and the Nice Guys

Vintage Glamour

Product Styling Shoot for  •  Coordination and Design by Jenna Knauf of Bella and Co. •  Photography by Hannah Betts  •  Design Assistance by Denyse Funk, Maureen Higgins and Sharon Higgins •  Hair and Makeup by Lola Rivera 

Shabby Chic

Product Styling Shoot for  •  Coordination and Design by Jenna Knauf of Bella and Co. •  Photography by Hannah Betts  •  Design Assistance by Denyse Funk, Maureen Higgins and Sharon Higgins •  Hair and Makeup by Lola Rivera 

It’s not always easy to find the perfect wedding ceremony location so when a new venue opens in Rochester, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity check it out. Jacqui and Sean gave us the opportunity to hold a ceremony in City Grill’s Ballroom.


Jacqui & Sean


The ballroom can accommodate a large party but can also be arranged for a more intimate event. Located right across the street from the reception location, The Rochester Museum and Science Center, City Grill was the perfect choice for this couple’s ceremony.


Jacqui & Sean


We love to design a space to the nines, but it’s also wonderful to start with a space that looks beautiful as-is. The room is clean and modern with a neutral gray and white palette and customizable color lighting. We added some trees and drape and voilà the space was wedding-ready. We’re excited to see the possibilities for using this new space for rehearsal dinners, showers and corporate events.



Jacqui & Sean

City Grill

Photography by Sue Egan

Parisian Garden

Product Styling Shoot for  •  Coordination and Design by Jenna Knauf of Bella and Co. •  Photography by Hannah Betts  •  Design Assistance by Denyse Funk, Maureen Higgins and Sharon Higgins •  Hair and Makeup by Lola Rivera 

Wine Country Wedding

Jessica and Thomas’s romance with each other and with wine started in Ithaca, so it was appropriate that the two current residents of New York City returned to the Finger Lakes wine region for their wedding.

Jessica and Thomas

The two wine directors had a vision for an elegant yet casual event. Both the rehearsal dinner in Ithaca and the wedding on Seneca Lake featured plenty of excellent wine and delicious food. The bride’s mother and a friend of the family provided locally grown floral arrangements in a fresh palette of green and white.

Jessica and Thomas

It was a gorgeous day by the lake. After tasting wine, craft cocktails and beautiful appetizers prepared by Dano’s, guests gathered around the couple for an intimate, informal ceremony overlooking the lake. Dinner (a stuffed suckling pig!), dessert (cupcakes) and dancing (to the amazing Chris Norton Band) followed. It was a pleasure to celebrate this beautiful occasion with Jessica, Thomas and all their wonderful guests. Read more about the wedding in the New York Times Styles Section. See the full gallery on our website.  Photography by Andrew Frasz.

Jessica and Thomas

The wedding featured one of our favorite photobooths ever so the Bella team had to pose!

Food, Wine & Romance

Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca Lake  •  Event Coordination and Design by Bella and Co. •  Photography by Andrew Frasz  •  Katie May Bridal Gown  •  Chris Norton Band

Every wedding day is such a whirlwind that we sometimes forget to stop and smell the roses. And to take pictures of them. After all the lovely details are in place, we want to savor all the beautiful touches, special moments, perfectly placed table settings and behind-the-scenes excitement and to share all of the wedding eye-candy with you! It may have taken a little convincing, but Jenna is on board and the Bella team is excited to be sharing and exploring on this visual creative platform. Since we’re late to the Instagram party, we’ll be visiting the archives of gorgeous weddings-past and taking full advantage of Throwback Thursday. Connect with us on Instagram and show us what we’ve been missing!